by Shelt Garner
I’m doing a lot of reading about how to develop fictional characters right now. And, I say again, anyone who demanded I “just write” 18 months ago can eat shit and fuck off. I’m on the cusp of producing a story that’s really great relative to my writing ability and if I had followed that advice when people kept telling me to do that, I would have simply have embarrassed myself.
I know at least one of the people who said that simply wanted to be my Col. Tom Parker and fuck with my mind. I’m SO GLAD I have gotten rid of gaslighting people like that. Fuck those people. It’s been over a year and I’m still furious. No one tells me they “know me better than I know myself” without there being consequences.
Anyway. I’m cramming about character right now. I’m going to try to read up on the subject as much as I can. I have canon and plot, but not much character. I hope to change that very, very soon. The story on a tactical level is, at last, beginning to stabilize. It’s either stabilizing or I’m just so tired of throwing everything in the air on a regular basis that I’m finally willing to write something, anything to be able to say I’ve finished a first draft.
You can’t edit a blank page, as they say.
I think one of the reasons why I’m reading so much is it’s a measurable metric. I’m actually moving towards my goal by reading as much as possible, as quickly as possible.